27 Dec 2017 | 4 min Read
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On or under our skin, birthmarks come in various forms, colors, textures, and sizes. They can arise at birth or within the first year or two of life, and more than 10% of infants have birthmarks on their skin. Learn more about birthmarks, different types of birthmarks, and their treatment in detail.
A birthmark can be a little spot that adds a touch of beauty and uniqueness to your little one’s face. Some birthmarks may be downright ugly. Birthmarks are nothing but patches of color or marks on babies’ skin that are present right at birth or appear shortly after. They generally grow in size for up to a year, after which they start to lighten or fade. They vary in size, shape and color. Most birthmarks are flat, but there are also other types of birthmarks and raised birthmarks.
Blood vessels do not develop properly, and thus it further develops vascular birthmarks. There are either too many or broader than normal. An expansion of the cells that produce pigment (colour) in the skin leads to pigmented birthmarks in children.
Some birthmarks are hereditary and pass down through generations. However, the majority are not. Gene mutations are responsible for a small percentage of cases. Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome is an uncommon illness that affects certain newborns born with port-wine stains.
Some of the common types of birthmarks are as follows:
Most birthmarks are harmless, and the best course of action is often to do nothing at all. Remember that there are different types of birthmarks and the treatment for them must be as suggested by the doctor. Treatments purely for cosmetic reasons may not work, be painful, or backfire. It is important to realize that you cannot treat some birthmarks.
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Disclaimer: The information in the article is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor.
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